New York, NY. On Saturday night before a boisterous sold out crowd at the Aviator Sports and Events Center in Brooklyn, NY, DiBella Entertainment presented the latest edition of its popular Broadway Boxing series. The special-edition Saturday Broadway Boxing card was entitled "Battle for Brooklyn" and was headlined by Brooklyn's fan-favorite welterweight contenders Gabriel "Tito" Bracero and Dmitriy "Star of David" Salita.
The bout between the two Brooklynites has been talked about for years, and as soon as the fighters emerged from their respective dressing rooms, the crowd erupted
The first few rounds were feeling out rounds but Bracero picked up the pace in the third. There was good two-way action in the ensuing rounds, with Bracero landing the more telling shots.
In the 8th round, Bracero sent Salita to the canvas with a short left hand. Although Salita didn't appear hurt, Bracero jumped all over him when the action resumed, in what was clearly the most dominate round of the night.
Bracero picked up where he left off in the 9th, bloodying Salita under his eye and on his forehead in yet another dominate round for the Puerto Rican-American.
In the 10th and final round both fighters came out swinging, in what was easily the best round of the fight. Both fighters scored hard shots during the round an ended the fight in the center of the ring standing toe-to-toe.
In the end all three judges scored the bout in Bracero's favor, 100-89, 99-90, 97-92. With the win, Bracero improved his record to 23-1, 4KO's, picking up the WBO International Welterweight Title. The victory over Salita (35-2-1, 18KO's) was the most important victory of Bracero's career and hopefully sets him up for something big in the 140-147 lb divisions sometime in 2014.